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Az officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law.... Read more»

Az faces typical wildfire season; West Coast could have harsh year

Arizona is expected to have a normal wildfire season this summer after several years in which the state saw relatively little fire activity, state and federal officials said. A normal wildfire season for Arizona still means thousands of fires across the state — an average of 2,846 per year.... Read more»

Report: Child care costs rival in-state college tuition in Arizona

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually.... Read more»

Az Democrats select final convention delegates, look to Philadelphia

Arizona Democrats gathered over the weekend to choose the final delegates for the Democratic National Convention, in what one party official said was the largest turnout of would-be delegates she could remember.... Read more»

Check your polling location on Pima County website

Voters who plan on heading to the polls for Tuesday's special election — whether to vote in person or drop off an early ballot — should double-check the location of their polling place, Pima County officials said. There will be 124 sites open on Election Day, with some regular locations having shifted.... Read more»

Introspective Ted Cruz in no rush to back Trump

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making clear that he is in no rush to get behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, instead vowing to remain involved in the race for the White House as Trump nears the general election. ... Read more»

Cooper library to close for June renovations

A Midtown public library will be closed for about three weeks in June, as new computers are installed and the service desk upgraded at the Martha Cooper branch of the Pima County Public Library.... Read more»

Ex-Phoenix VA chief sentenced over improper gifts from lobbyist

Sharon Helman, the former director of the VA Health Care System in Phoenix, was sentenced to two years of probation Monday. She earlier pleaded guilty to charges that she failed to disclose more than $50,000 in gifts from a lobbyist, including cash, a car and a Disneyland vacation.... Read more»

Time running out for new ambassador to Mexico

It took almost a year for the U.S Senate to confirm Roberta Jacobson as the country's next ambassador to Mexico, and the veteran State Department official steps into the job with the clock running down on the administration that appointed her.... Read more»

Unaccompanied minors – the state and local story

With the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors over the past five years, some communities have expressed willingness to accept these children, while others have voiced concerns that the children would have an adverse effect on the local infrastructure.... Read more»

Supreme Court sends contraception case back to lower courts, demands compromise

The Supreme Court unraveled an appeal Monday by religious nonprofits that do not want to complete insurance forms about their objections to covering contraception for employees. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP nabs another multi-million-dollar pot load

A semi-trailer loaded with pumps and components also contained $4.5 million in marijuana, in what was the fifth multi-million-dollar haul made by Nogales-area CBP officers this year. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Welcome to the Boomtown: Caterpillar deal just part of Tucson's resurgence

Caterpillar jobs pay well — the kind of well that Tucson isn't used to. After 14 months of calling BS left, right and center that has left me at times feeling like the elderly Muppet Show hecklers, I figured I would explain how Tucson's economy seems to be blossoming in its own right. Good things are afoot here.... Read more»

Global warming, pesticides killing off monarch butterflies

Global warming and pesticide use are disrupting the monarch’s migration patterns through Arizona and destroying milkweeds, the food source for its young. The number of migrating monarchs has dropped by as much as 90 percent in two decades. Should they be declared an endangered species?... Read more»

Law and disorders: Cops, advocates try to defuse dealings with disabled

One-third to half of those killed by police are disabled, a recent report says. “Our problem isn’t with police,” one mental health advocate says, but both sides say officers need more training.... Read more»

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